Interfaith Council For Peace and Justice
Sign up here to volunteer to help run an ICPJ Poverty Simulation on Saturday, August 11, 2018. You will be emailed role assignments/instructions prior to the date of the simulation. We will need around 25 people to help. This is a perfect group volunteer opportunity, please consider sharing with group leadership. Thank you!! Questions contact ICPJ at 734-663-1870
A Poverty Simulation is a three-hour experiential learning workshop in which participants are sensitized to the realities of living in poverty. It is a copyrighted learning tool created and presented by ROWEL (Reform Organization of Welfare) in the late 1970’s.
In a Poverty Simulation, 35-75 participants are given scripted role assignments and structured situations to resemble those that welfare recipients face daily. Participants experience specific realistic challenges based on their assigned roles as low-income people of various backgrounds and family structures. At the start of the simulation, each “family” is given information about itself: some are newly unemployed or have been deserted by the family “breadwinner;” others have been receiving welfare benefits either with or without additional earned income; others receive disability income, some are elderly, and some include small children.
Volunteers “staff” create a “community” with stores and agencies in which participants interact for four 15-minute weeks. “Staff” volunteers serve as welfare office workers, grocers, pawnbrokers, food pantry personnel, bill collectors, police, employment interviewers, and others.
After the “month on welfare” (one hour), the facilitator leads a reflective discussion. Participants are invited to share their reactions and volunteer “staff” share their insights. To conclude, the discussion focuses on “what can we do?” - actions for promoting justice for those living in a real “state of poverty.”
8:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Friends in Deed, Ann Arbor location TBD
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